interview After enthralling party-hoppers in the city with their brand of electronic music, the Teichmann brothers talk about their interest in Indian beats and spicy food
O ver a cup of Cappuccino and warm croissants, the Teichmann brothers talk about their journey into electronic music, the need for independent spaces, DJ-ing and Indian food. As Andi explains their roots, Hannes concentrates on his croissant. “He's jealous,” Andi sniggers, “ask him something too”. To which Hannes retorts, “Jealous? You just seem to do all the talking.”
With an armchair musician for a father, the Teichmann brothers entered the music industry early. “My father used to collect instruments from all over the world. He was a major influence on us,” says Andi, adding, “I was 12 and Hannes was nine when we started a band. We played punk rock.”
As they grew up, they entered the music industry, falling in love with electronic music. “It's such a vast genre; you can do so much with it. We think it tends to be a lot like the Indian structure of music — not verse-chorus-verse but with harmonic changes throughout. We are, at present, experimenting with this genre, by adding different sounds,” says Hannes.
Fifteen odd years into the music scene, the brothers are familiar with different music revolutions springing out of a single spark. “Contemporary classical music developed from previous music revolutions such as gypsy and house. While the underground has been a major contributor, any genre is born out of an idea where the traditional and structured are broken to create something that develops its own form,” says Andi.
The brothers feel the Indian scene is yet to grasp the real meaning of DJ-ing and electronic music, pointing out to the trend of commercialisation and highly-priced parties. “In Europe, a DJ is usually someone who specialises in a genre, sometimes even a sub-genre. It's highly professional. But here, we've seen two things — there are no clubs as such, and the DJs mostly work for hotels, not really getting a chance to experiment. Besides, the crowd here is exclusive, usually frequenting the five-star hotels. People don't come there to exchange ideas or music,” says Hannes.
Street music is also nowhere in the urban context, they observe. “In Europe, we give a lot of importance to free cultural spaces. You can find street musicians, people who sing and travel everywhere. Music there is independent and doesn't run on money all the time,” Andi explains, adding, “here, electronic music isn't so big because it doesn't have a ‘market'. We're saying you don't need one. You can create micro economies with others like you; that's how you exchange ideas.”
With electronic sruti boxes in hand, the brothers say they're now planning to introduce Indianness into their music. And how did they like their tour? “We like India but have a sneaking suspicion that people here don't serve us spicy food because we're Europeans,” chuckles Andi.